Questions tagged [metadata]

Information stored in or out of band about a file describing secondary characteristics.

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How to restore a person in Photos

We accidentally deleted a person from Photos on the Mac. Now all appearances that person's face in photos are still tagged with that person's name, but there is no bucket for that person in the ...
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How to edit “kMDItemXxx” file metadata on macOS?

Today I tried to edit the metadata of a picture file. I used mdls to display them, then looked for a command to edit one. But I couldn't find any. For vanilla metadata, like basic timestamps, touch is ...
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How do you see more than the Last Opened date when an application was launched on Mac?

I'd like to find more dates that I've opened an application besides the latest date shown under the Last Opened field. I was going through my list of apps and found some old ones which I had forgotten ...
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Is there a way to filter photos on iPhone by “camera type” or camera model?

I often "AirDrop" photos to my iPhone (SE) from my Nikon camera which produce large photo file formats. I now have an unreasonable amount of photos that I want to delete. I was thinking 2 ...
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Command line argument to “find” and “grep” data inside “xattr -l” atrributes?

I have a file that an application has set extended attributes for. $ xattr -l /Volumes/Educating\ Rita\ \(1983\)/Educating\ Rita\ \(1983\).1.eng.srt net.filebot.filename: 3_English.srt net.filebot....
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mdls does not work on mounted sparse bundles

mdls does not return anything when I run it on a mounted (originally encrypted) sparse bundle: ❯ ll ./test .rw-r--r--@ 0 evar 14 Sep 18:34 ./test ❯ mdls ./test ...
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I have started setting deadlines on a document by putting the date in the comments, using the YYYY-MM-DD format and then what type of deadline it is (I have to submit initial, interim, and discharge ...
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Script to export all photos and album from Photos on Mac while keeping metadatas

My initial goal was to import "From my Mac" albums to my iPhone and keep them synced. It seems that an album created outside iOS is read only. And if I make a copy of it on my iPhone, it won'...
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How to stop TextEdit.app from adding extended attributes

I only recently discovered (yes, I'm late to the game) that TextEdit.app is adding extended attributes to any files I open in it. I had discovered this when I randomly had opened a shell script in it ...
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Unable to Add “Where from” Metadata with Special Characters Using Applescript

Trying to add the "Where from" metadata in the Finder's "Get info" section of a picture on the Desktop and I am not able to since the text has special characters. In this case, it is "?" and "=" ...
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Get script/language for fonts via terminal

I would like to get the language support / script of any fonts I have in my computer with terminal command. There is a way to see it through Font Book...
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How can I clear metadata (personal data) from an Excel file in Microsoft 365 for macOS?

I want to make sure that an Excel file I created is purged of all personal and user metadata before passing it on, for confidentiality reasons. For Windows, there are many guides for removing ...
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How to remove/edit some metadata attributes on a file?

I want to remove or edit the date when a file was opened, please. I know it has something to do with "kMDItemLastUsedDate" but I don't know how to edit or remove the date in this. I entered : "xattr -...
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Is there a command line utility that can copy Apple TV metadata and embed it into MP4 video files?

Is there a way (preferably an open-source command line tool) to copy Apple TV (the desktop application that replaced part of iTunes in Catalina) metadata into the MP4 files so that when transferred to ...
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Getting Catalina Music app (iTunes) to reload metadata from disk

My iTunes music folder has thousands of songs in and I've been trying to get it more organised. I used a brilliant app called Metadatics to bulk edit a load of dodgy meta data, including album art, ...
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Manually enter “Where From” text for screenshot Metadata?

What I would love to be able to do, is the opposite of what this person asked about; I want to ADD the "where from" text (in my case, a URL I could copy-paste from a browser tab) for screenshots I ...
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export from photos (mac) including edited metadata

I received a bunch of photos that didn't have any correct metadata. I have then manually corrected the time and gps information within the photos app. When I export this files, those information are ...
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Get page number from Metadata instead of Index

In Applescript, we can get the index number of the current page we are viewing in Skim with the following code: tell application "Skim" activate set theDoc to front document get index ...
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How to edit m4b audiobook metadata in Catalina?

As a quick Google search will reveal, Catalina has messed up audiobook management big time. It is not possible to edit audiobook metadata anymore as it was possible using iTunes in previous macOS ...
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How to add metadata to log archive, so that `log show --last` works?

Whenever I run the log show command from the command line, I get a warning message, log: warning: The log archive contains partial or missing metadata. This appears to prevent me from using the --...
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Batch Removal of “Where from” Metadata Without a Handler

I have many images that contain the "Where from" metadata in the "get info" section that shows the URL where they were downloaded from. I want to remove this information from all of them at the same ...
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Batch exporting metadata from Finder

I have a folder containing over 2,000 web pages I've downloaded. Most of the file extensions are .html, though some are .pdf or .webarchive. My OS is Mojave. When I highlight an icon in Finder, it ...
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Date, time, and GPS metadata tagging video for iOS

On 2019/10/16 (last Wednesday), I went skydiving in Las Vegas which they recorded but the provided video was in 10 seperate clips and none had time or GPS metadata tagged. I want these as 1 video on ...
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How can I remove “Where from” information from downloaded .mkv file?

I have downloaded an .mkv files from Safari. When I open "Info" in Finder on the file, I see the following link to where it was downloaded from: How can I remove that metadata from the file?
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How to remove “where from” xattr data from image files downloaded in Mac?

Hi so I'm at my wits end coz I am trying to remove xattr data in an image file that is a "Where from" xattr data. This is on a Mojave mac. This data is written via chrome browser for mac whenever an ...
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Unable to change author name in an ebook on iPad

I have a Mac computer where I downloaded an ePub and then changed the author on the Mac in the list view of iBooks. MacOS 10.12.6 Sierra iOS 12.3.1 for the iPad Then I dragged and dropped the ePub ...
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How do currently downloading files show a circular progress indicator besides them in Finder?

When downloading a file using Google Chrome, Mac App Store, or some other app, Finder usually displays a circular progress indicator besides the file name. Out of curiosity, is there any technical ...
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macOS app review process: Touch Bar functionality in metadata

I have a macOS app that get bug fixed. But the latest Apple review process drives me a bit insane. They always tell me that my app's metadata indicates Touch Bar functionality which my app do not have....
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Is there any way to create an iTunes smart playlist with a user defined text field as the condition?

I'm using iTunes 12.8 with Yate by 2manyrobots (https://2manyrobots.com/yate/) to manage metadata for a library of approx 50k AIFF tracks. Yate has the ability to retrieve data from Discogs and ...
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View EXIF/metadata found in photo?

Is it possible to view/dump metadata found in images using Terminal with built-in command line tools? I'm looking for something like exiftool, but native to macOS Mojave. Does such a command/tool ...
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In iTunes 12 on macOS, how can I reset the skip count of a song?

Everything I can find on the internet seems to refer to a different version of macOS/iTunes than the ones I'm running. I want to reset the skip count of tracks without resetting their play counts, as ...
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Metadata in photos - not showing when sent from other people

I'm not having ANY photos showing metadata with geolocation unless it's photos taken from my own phone. I have tested if sent on messenger (where I know FB removes it) But also is sent on iMessage as ...
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Can iTunes change metadata on the actual CD?

I used iTunes to rip a CD of a homemade audio recording of a friend. iTunes thought it recognized the CD but was way off (it guessed a lecture series about ancient history). However, when I looked at ...
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Copy “Artist” into “Album Artist” in iTunes?

In iTunes, Is there a way to automatically populate the "Album Artist" metadata with the "Artist" information, for all songs where the "Album Artist" field is empty? Obviously this is for songs from ...
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Show file info in last finder column

Before 10.14 the last finder column always showed filesize, date modified etc. by default. In the new version this information is blocked by the useless "more" button. Is there a way to have this ...
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How to remove/delete geo-location meta data from photos?

Occasionally someone emails me a photograph with their geo data included. I don't record this on my photos, so it's weird to have just one image randomly include location. In previous versions of ...
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How to set multiple-author metadata for an item in iBooks?

While I can edit books' author metadata in the list view, I can’t seem to be finding a way to set multiple authors for a single title. Is there any way to do this, so that I can have, let's say, two ...
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Is there a way to get OSX Finder to search through .ts (textscript) files?

I really like using OSX's finder to quickly find a particular file and its content based on search, I need to work on in my web projects. We often have 100s upon 100s of separate files and I need to ...
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How do I get the path to a DMG (disk image) file given the mounted volume path?

I tried hdiutil info -plist, but if I shift the DMG file elsewhere after mounting it, it doesn't update the DMG path. If I right click and select 'Get info' on the volume, I'm able to view the correct ...
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How to get the Disk Image property using terminal?

Let's say I have the volume path. Normally I can right-click and 'Get info' to get its Disk image. I want to replicate the same on terminal (basically need to code it in objective C) mdls doesn't seem ...
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What is the purpose of an AAE file?

First, some background: For those of you who edit photos using Apple software, you may have encountered AAE sidecar files, which are generated automatically by the Photos app (for iOS or macOS) when ...
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How to add title metadata to videos with AppleScript?

Moving to a Plex Media Server I realized a majority of my video archive doesn't have metadata and when I render the videos through Plex's UI I see Episode # when I want it to render as Episode Foobar. ...
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Why is “tomorrow” displayed as the “Date Modified”?

This is a bizarre situation-on my MacBook Pro (2017, High Sierra 10.13.5), when I opened a folder on the Finder, the Date Modified column for the files in a folder displays "Tomorrow at 2:34AM" and ...
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macOS Sierra, Multiple problems with iBooks syncing to iTunes 12

I'm having a whole heap of problems trying to organize my small collection of ebooks. Mostly PDF but a couple of epubs as well none of which came from the iBook store. I'm running Sierra 10.12.6 ...
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How can I find all selfies taken on my iPhone when on my computer?

Since iOS 9, the iPhone has had a default album called Selfies that gathers all the selfies you've taken on the device (i.e. all the photos taken with the front-facing camera) in one place. This makes ...
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EXIF-Metadata not managed correctly in iCloud Photos => Wrong Date & GPS Groupings

I have uploaded ca. 2500 pictures from my PC to the iCloud using icloud.com interface. However, iCloud doesn't seem to be using the EXIF-Metadata in the picture files. I have confirmed the EXIF-...
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Compression / archival utility which stores the most metadata?

I recently did a backup of a FAT32 disk which contained a lot of diverse data. It contains many media files, many big binary files, and as usual with FAT32, it has all kinds of odd (but potentially ...
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When is the metadata store updated?

I'm trying to understand how Spotlight indexing works - in the documentation here, Apple says that the kernel notifies the Spotlight engine which then attempts to update the metadata store. If this is ...
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Can you remove metadata from already sent photos

Is there any way to remove the location from photos already texted to someone via iMessage?
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How should I migrate my iTunes library to a larger external disk while preserving metadata?

I currently have a set up where my default iTunes Library (of ~550 HD movies) resides on a 2TB external HD. I share this library and use it to serve my Apple TV/other LAN devices. The drive is close ...